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Who to Invite to Your Pre-Wedding Festivities

Who to Invite to Your Pre-Wedding Festivities

 

If you’re reading this, you’re likely in the midst of planning a wedding. Congratulations! Planning your pre-wedding parties can be some of the more fun and less stressful tasks on the checklist. Be prepared to clear your schedule for the next few months! While the happy couple might not have too much say on all the festivities that happen before the wedding, there is one thing they are absolutely in charge of – the guest list.

 

From the engagement party to the rehearsal dinner, you’re going to have a different guest list for different events. No couple should feel pressured to have every single one of their wedding guests at every event, especially during a pandemic. However, there are traditions for who attends the different events. We have created a handy guide for soon-to-be-married couples as they navigate their guest lists for each of the pre-wedding parties.

 

Engagement Party

The engagement party, ahh! The first big celebration in honor of the recently engaged couple. Typically, a close friend or family member will take the lead in planning this exciting event. The guest list for an engagement party is usually rather small with only close friends and family from both sides. Sometimes, two engagement parties will be held if one side of the family wants to celebrate separately. While these events are ordinarily smaller, you would be surprised how big the guest list can get.

 

Keep in mind that anyone invited to your engagement party is likely expecting an invitation to the main event!

 

Wedding Shower

The wedding shower is normally the next event after the engagement party. For the couple, this is a fun and easy event! All you need to decide is the guest list and what you want to wear. Your wedding party and family members put on the show otherwise (in most cases). When planning your guest list, keep in mind it would be poor etiquette to invite someone who is not on your wedding guest list.

 

The majority of guests will include the couple’s wedding party, close friends, and family members. If both families have helped out with the planning of the shower, you can count on inviting both sides of the family too. If you are close with any of your partner’s friends coming to the wedding, it’s a nice gesture to invite them as well.

 

There are other people to consider too, like your partner. Traditionally, wedding showers have been all ladies. However, recently it’s become more common for the groom to make an appearance at the end. Others to consider are those who live out of town and your co-workers. While it is unlikely that out-of-towners will attend until the big day, it makes them feel loved and appreciated to have made the guest list for the other festivities too. As for your co-workers, if you are close enough to invite them to the wedding and hang out with them outside of work, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to put them on the guest list (even though they might already have one planned for you at work, bonus!).

 

Bachelorette/Bachelor Parties

The bachelorette and bachelor parties are somewhat obvious, as you will most definitely have all of your wedding party on the guest list. However, close friends and family members can join in the fun too. The guest list can become a headache, though, when you think about the mix of personalities going on a weekend (or longer) trip together. The guest list could also depend on the type of activities planned. It’s important to keep in mind not only to do what you are comfortable with, but also what your guests are comfortable with.

 

Rehearsal Dinner

Last but certainly not least, one of the most exciting activities of all, the rehearsal dinner! This is where your family and friends, and out-of-town guests, become better acquainted. The rehearsal dinner is not only meant to prepare the engaged couple for their big day, but to say thank you to everyone who has helped with the preparations and/or traveled miles to be with you. Ordinarily, family members of both parties, anyone participating in your ceremony, and their plus ones or significant others, and out-of-town guests receive the invite to a rehearsal dinner.

 

Of course, invitations are always up to the discretion of the couple. We’ve seen it done a thousand different ways! This is simply a guide and ultimately, it is entirely up to the couple. We wish you the best of luck in your planning! When it comes to choosing the entertainment for your wedding, we hope you choose to check out some of our awesome packages.

 

The “Real Cost” of a Wedding DJ

The “Real Cost” of a Wedding DJ

 

If you’re in the middle of planning a wedding, you know that the cost of essentials like decorations, catering, and entertainment varies by place and vendor. Of course, you don’t want to break the bank but you don’t want to have a “below average” wedding either by choosing the cheapest options.

The most important “big ticket” areas on which to focus your budget are the venue space, the alcohol and food catering, and the DJ. There are a ton of DJs in the Adams/York County area, so how do you choose? And how much do they cost?

The average cost of a wedding DJ in our area is $1,300. Realistically, you could see professional DJs charging anywhere between $800-$4,500 depending on the type of setup you wish to have for your guests (add-ons, lighting, photo booths, etc). We want to share with you the real cost of a wedding DJ because we don’t want you to blow your budget. Keep reading to find out what to expect from DJs at varying price points.

 

What Does a Wedding DJ Cost?

Time, money, and resources are what set apart a budget-friendly DJ from a full-time professional DJ. Professional DJs spend more time and put more money into their sets and equipment while more cost-friendly DJs may just use DJing on the side as an extra source of income. Here’s what various prices likely indicate when it comes to the expertise of the DJ:

 

Cost-Friendly DJ: Under $1000

There’s nothing wrong with checking the cheapest-priced DJs for certain events, but it might not be the right option for your wedding. Let’s face it, wedding receptions are mostly centered around the music and couples count on the DJ to act as an emcee to keep the ball rolling.

This price might make sense if you have a friend who is a DJ and she’s giving you her services at a discounted price as a wedding gift. Often wedding DJs in this price range are testing the waters and they might not have as much experience with weddings. Don’t forget that most venues require a business license and insurance, so be sure to see all documentation of this from a DJ.

 

Middle Ground DJ: $1,100- $1,500

The average cost of a wedding DJ in the U.S. is just between the prices above. In this bracket, DJs have slightly more experience, but more than likely are still DJing part-time. Since they probably have another full-time job, they might not have as much time to prepare for your wedding as someone who DJs full-time.

Keep in mind that all DJs have to start somewhere. You could find a stellar DJ in this category who is working on getting her name out there. Keep researching reviews and ask questions before signing any contracts.

 

“This is my career” DJ: $1,500- $4,500

There is a reason couples pay this much. From the hours the DJs put into preparing for a wedding to the wide range of services they offer, this is truly the full package. DJs in this price range are professionals, experienced, and committed to making sure the day meets your expectations.

This DJ will spend hours upon hours putting together music selections with your recommendations, answer questions thoroughly, and absolutely kill it as your emcee. They likely have all the venue’s favored and required qualifications, licenses, and insurance.

 

Additional Costs

The prices above are only a fraction of what you could end up paying if you are looking for additional things such as special lighting and photo booths. Be sure to compare DJ services and reviews to their prices before deciding if they fit your budget. We don’t recommend settling for the so-so DJ because you wanted the laser light show.

The costs above are only guidelines. Depending on where you live, prices differ. There are amateur DJs that overcharge and quality hidden gems who undercharge. It is important to do your research, interview DJs, and ask questions to figure out if one is your perfect match!

 

The “Real Cost” Isn’t in Dollars

The real cost of a quality DJ isn’t the number on the check you hand over once the contract is signed. A quality DJ costs what they are worth, but it’s what they are doing on the backend that separates an average DJ from a great one. There’s a lot of time, resources, and commitment that go into the preparation of professional DJs.

 

Time

Undeniably, a professional DJ will take 10-30 hours to prepare for a single wedding, whereas a hobbyist may only spend about 5 hours. She will take the time to get to know you and your soon-to-be spouse, to get a feel for who you are as individuals, and to learn about your music tastes. This interview process makes it much easier for a DJ to create a schedule and stay on track (every professional will do this).

 

Resources

DJs do much more than just throw together a mix of songs on a playlist. Experienced DJs know what equipment is the very best and set aside time to learn how to master it, as well as learn new techniques to mix music so there aren’t any awkward pauses between songs.

 

Loyalty

When you hire someone who DJs as a side gig, you are sharing time with the other priorities in his life. When something comes up with his full-time job while preparing for your big day, or worse ON your big day, which do you think he’ll choose – your wedding that’s a side gig or the day job that pays the majority of his bills? It’s a no-brainer to pay a bit more for a DJ that commits her time and energy to be present on your wedding day.

 

The Value vs The Price

We understand how important it is to set and stick to your wedding budget. It’s great to save a buck where you can, but when it comes to a DJ, don’t settle for less. After all, you are throwing the most important party of your life!

The cost of a DJ is only a piece of the puzzle. What is included in that number and what will the DJ provide for your special day? The “real cost” isn’t the numerical value, but the best value for your dollar.

 

HD Entertainment hosts a team of extremely talented professionals who are fun and love to bring special moments to life. There is no event too big or too small. Let us make your day magical. Contact us today to talk about your dream wedding.

 

Micro Weddings: The New Wave

Micro Weddings: The New Wave

There is something about being surrounded by the people who mean the most to you on the day you marry the love of your life. Traditional wedding ceremonies are filled with extended family and family friends you felt obligated to invite out of guilt, only to then find yourself running around awkwardly thanking people you haven’t talked to in years. Did you really spend your time the way you wanted to on what’s supposed to be the best day of your life?

 

Many couples have opted out of inviting all their neighbors, cousins, and parents’ friends for much smaller, more intimate “I do” moments. COVID-19 started this trend. Couples were forced to either change their date or do what they could, considering the social distancing mandates. Although, we have a funny feeling that micro weddings are here to stay.

 

What is a Micro Wedding?

 

A micro wedding is like any other wedding, with fewer chairs. The soon-to-be wedded still dress their best from head to toe, meet at the altar, and seal the deal with a kiss. They are held anywhere from a backyard to the most beautiful destinations in the world.

 

Micro weddings are all about the feels. The special atmosphere of being surrounded by the people who mean the very most to you is magical. These smaller, intimate weddings are meant to reflect the personalities of the couple to create an unforgettable celebration of love.

 

Why Would a Couple Want to Have a Small Wedding?

 

Great things come in small packages. There are many reasons why couples would want to have a smaller wedding, here are a few:

 

  • Relax with closest friends and family
  • Couples aren’t wasting time or money on people they won’t speak to in five years
  • Splurge on the things that matter most to couples

 

When you don’t have as many guests to spend money on, you can focus your attention on details of the wedding, the location, the dream dress, and more.

 

Celebrating Later

 

Just because you decide to have a small wedding, that doesn’t mean the celebration has to stop there. Couples can still have a party later, you can think of it as the reception. The party can be back home in your small town, at a venue or someone’s house, with all the guests you would have had at a large wedding.

 

Typically, the celebration is a bit more informal than a traditional wedding reception. There is still food and music, and maybe even a first dance and speeches. There are many ways to go about the party, but the best part? What you do is totally up to you! Intimate weddings and the parties that follow are perfect for couples who want to get creative. While the party will still cost you money, it won’t burn as deep of a hole in your pocket as a large and lavish wedding.

 

The after-party can include fun outdoor activities and of course a DJ, and that’s where we come in.

 

Why HD Entertainment

 

At HD Entertainment, we are used to working with versatile events. There is no event too big or too small and we have the experience and resources to make your day extra special. Whether it’s a large wedding with 200+ guests or a post-intimate wedding party, we know how to do it right. Contact us today to talk about your dream wedding.

 

9 Local Corporate Event Venues You Forgot About

9 Local Corporate Event Venues You Forgot About

Whether your company is large or small, it’s a kind gesture at the end of the year or a successful quarter to show love, appreciation, and support for your employees with a corporate party. And, it is just as important during other types of corporate events, such as team-building events, seminars, and conferences, to give your employees a space to be comfortable and let loose outside of the office.

York and Adams Counties and the surrounding region are full of spaces to rent for events. Not every office party has to be extravagant, but they should be well thought out and held somewhere else other than where your employees work day in and day out.

We have put together a list of venues that you may or may not have forgotten about for your next corporate event.

 

Bay City Seafood Restaurant – Hanover, PA

Bay City Seafood Restaurant is located in Hanover, PA. Here you have the option to hold events indoors in their banquet space, or depending on the size of your company, they even have an outdoor patio as well. The maximum capacity for events is 275 people and there is plenty of space for them. Choose between buffet-style or plated dinner entrees from seafood to land options, as well as a variety of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. Bay City has it all when it comes to alcoholic beverages, like alcoholic punch bowls and open cash bar services.

When it comes to hospitality, Bay City knows best. Their dream was always “to have a big restaurant” and they did just that. What started in a Volkswagen bug in 1963, is now a big beautiful venue for celebrations, business meetings, club meetings, showers, and parties. Bay City prides itself not only on its quality food and impeccable service but also on the memories that last long after events end.

Learn more about holding events at Bay City here.

 

The Altland House – Abbottstown, PA 

The Altland House is a grill and pub that features two private rooms and is located in Abbottstown, PA. The Altland House is ideal for smaller companies – their rooms accommodate a maximum of 125 guests. However, larger companies can rent the entire restaurant for events too. The restaurant is home to Center Square Brewery and the brewery can be used for private events. A unique feature of this venue is that they have 10 guest suites for any overnight accommodations.

The Altland House dates back to 1750 and is one of the oldest continuously running taverns in the United States. They offer free tours to help you decide if their venue is right for you. You can find more information about the historic Altland House here.

 

The Bridges Golf Club – Abbottstown, PA 

Who would have thought golf clubs aren’t just for golf? Although, many companies will have golf outings for their employees. Whether it’s an employee golf day or a company party, The Bridges has you covered. From the outdoor patio, the views of the fairways on a day with clear blue skies are breathtaking. The Bridges is an ideal venue whether you want an indoor or outdoor party and has multiple spaces to choose from. The Clubhouse occupies up to 90 guests and the deck has a maximum capacity of 175 people.

The Bridges is home to Green Horizon Grill and the food is absolutely delicious. You can’t go wrong with a venue when there is something for everybody! Contact The Bridges for your event here.

 

Ballroom on Broadway – Hanover, PA 

The word “ballroom” may have you thinking this venue is for weddings only, but that is far from true. Ballroom on Broadway is located inside The Markets at Hanover in Hanover, PA. It is a customizable, modern venue with the potential to flatter any event. The space is perfect for corporate events due to its flexible space options, on-site event management, catering, and plenty of parking. You don’t even have to worry about capacity caps because they can accommodate groups of all sizes!

The neutral venue allows you to stage the room the way you want, making it highly favored for corporate events. Not to mention it is an extremely affordable option. Check out more information here.

 

Hickory Falls – Hanover, PA

Hickory Falls Family Entertainment Center is no longer just a fun center with games and a jungle gym for children. There are now spaces for people of all ages! The Cascade Room is their venue for special events, tucked away from all the madness happening at the arcade. Who knows, maybe your team will be up for a round of laser tag after your work meeting or party down below! That’s the perk of hosting meetings and parties at a fun center.

The Cascade Room is now accepting bookings through 2021 and beyond. Click here for more information.

 

The Lodges at Gettysburg – Gettysburg, PA

The Lodges at Gettysburg is a beautiful venue with over 6,500 square feet of meeting and banquet space. “Gloryridge” is the name of their main lodge with a ballroom, wine room, technology room, and they even offer outdoor space and activities to get your staff out of the boardroom. Events at The Lodges are effortless as they provide planning and catering services that will see every detail of your vision. They offer discounted group accommodations for team-building activities and provide overnight accommodations as needed.

You can find more information about the venue and request a proposal here.

 

Greystone Brewhouse – Dillsburg, PA

Nothing says “corporate party” like having your event at a brewhouse! Greystone Brewhouse is located in Dillsburg, PA, and accommodates up to 200 people. They have both indoor and outdoor spaces. With minimal limitations, Greystone is the perfect venue for your craft beer connoisseur employees.

To learn more about holding events at Greystone Brewhouse, you can visit their website and contact them here.

 

The Links at Gettysburg – Gettysburg, PA

From seasonal decorations and menus to the breathtaking views, The Links at Gettysburg is a perfect place to host a corporate party. They can accommodate up to 225 people in their Clubhouse, as well as their own tents to entertain outdoors.

The Links has recently updated their website, making one exclusively for special events. Fill out an event inquiry here.

 

Historic Round Barn

Located in Biglerville, PA the Historic Round Barn is a family-owned and operated venue that is one of its kind. Built in 1914, it is one of the few truly round barns still standing today. The intricate architecture built against the rolling, orchard-covered hills creates a scenic setting and a relaxing atmosphere.

To rent the barn, fill out the form on their website.

 

When you were thinking of where to hold your end-of-year event for your employees, did any of these venues cross your mind?

Now the last component to a good party you won’t want to forget is hiring a trusted DJ to keep the people moving and grooving all night (or day) long. The venues listed here allow you to bring your own DJ and at HD Entertainment, we provide the best. Just like you want to go above and beyond for your employees, we do the same for each of our clients. We provide music and entertainment to show your employees that you care.

When you are ready to discuss your next corporate party or event, a professional from HD Entertainment will be ready to assist you.

 

Moving Your Celebration Along With A DJ

Moving Your Celebration Along With A DJ

Can you imagine a wedding without music? We can’t. What about a wedding without structure or coordination? You won’t find out how valuable structure can be until you don’t have it on the most important day of your life!

Without music, a wedding has little to no support or structure. Not only does it enhance the experience for your wedding party and your guests as music tends to lift spirits, but it also moves your celebration along throughout the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and so on. The right music creates the ideal ambiance for a bride and groom to celebrate. From walking down the aisle to the first dance, music must be done right. The wrong music will not only be uncomfortable for guests but also detract from the significance and elegance of the celebration.

The role of a music provider, whether it is a DJ or a band, is to always keep the ball rolling, never allow a dull moment, and build a relationship with the guests so everyone feels comfortable to get jiggy on the dance floor. Weddings require social music, not necessarily the nonstop beats you find at the club, but music that allows for conversation and invites dancing. An experienced DJ will pay attention to the volume, tempo, and energy during each stage of the celebration.

A DJ in particular can also provide the structure, timeline, and coordination of the event no matter how big or small, in the absence of a wedding coordinator. Our DJs will always defer to a hired planner or coordinator, but you should rest this job in the hands of a hired professional, DJ or planner, in any case.

The music during your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception should all be different and heighten as guests’ desire to have fun increases. The planned changes in music can also alert guests that the ceremony is beginning, direct attention, and provide a fun atmosphere in general.

 

The Ceremony

One of the biggest mistakes a couple can make is to start a ceremony in silence. Most guests arrive 20-30 minutes before the ceremony begins, but the wait will seem a lot longer if they have to wait in silence. While traditional ceremonies have prelude, processional, and recessional music, there is room to express yourself as a couple. The music should reflect the seriousness and commitment between the couple. Music during the ceremony creates an emotional impact and can be used as a signal for guests to be seated or get quiet.

 

Cocktail Hour

Upbeat music takes any event to the next level. The cocktail hour is the stage of a wedding where friends and family are taking time to connect. The music should be lively, but quaint. It’s common to hear jazz music or drum beats. Nothing too crazy, the real party hasn’t started until the bride and groom come back in from taking pictures!

 

The Reception

Now, we can get the party started. The music at the reception will make or break the whole vibe of a wedding, making it essential to hire a trusted, experienced, and successful DJ (that’s us!) to take charge of gauging the direction of the night. A DJ will also understand how to engage your guests at an appealing pace. The first 15 minutes of the reception are crucial to giving the guests an idea of what type of music will be playing for the remainder of the celebration.

 

The First Dance

It’s always bittersweet to watch a newly wedded couple dance alone during their first dance. However, a common mistake is allowing the first dance to go on for too long with just the bride and groom in the spotlight. And sometimes couples don’t want that much spotlight. While a wedding is about the couple, you should keep your guests in mind too. Consider inviting them to dance with you after 30 seconds of swaying back and forth. If you want to have your entire 5 minutes, we invite you to do the whole song too!

From this moment on, it is up to the DJ to keep the night moving and to keep guests from standing on the sideline. Always have a conversation with your DJ about the “must-play” songs and the do-not-play list. It is important to play the music that will appeal to everyone and save your obscure favorites for your honeymoon playlist!

 

How We Can Help

Great music energizes a crowd and an energized crowd makes for a great party. Music helps break the social barriers among guests, helps them to loosen up, and lends shape to a celebration where the bride and groom are the centerpieces. Because music is so important to your special day, we provide the best quality DJs just for you. And a hired hand, coordinator or DJ, can make or break your timeline, structure of the day, and overall happiness when you accomplish all of the important aspects you wanted to cover on the biggest day of your life.

 

At HD Entertainment, we are professional and experienced DJs that will work with your vision in mind to plan a wedding that keeps the focus on you and creates an environment of unforgettable enjoyment. Contact us today to book.

 

Top 5 Wedding Venues in Lancaster, PA

Top 5 Wedding Venues in Lancaster, PA

Close your eyes and think about your dream venue, what do you see? Maybe it’s in a rustic barn or maybe a vineyard? What is important to you? Lodging for your guests? All-inclusive wedding packages? Whatever your vision may be, we are sure one of these Lancaster, PA, venues is perfect for you. After all, they are the best!

We would like to start this off by saying that these venues are based on a few different key factors. First, they all have a Lancaster, PA, address. Many venues are in the Lancaster “area” but are actually located in Wrightsville, Manheim Twp, Elizabethtown, etc. Secondly, these venues are listed from The Knot, a trusted wedding resource when it comes to venues and important wedding planning tools. Lastly, the locations chosen are 2021 Best of Weddings Winners and qualified for the Best of Weddings Hall of Fame over four years in a row. Not every venue-seeking couple may agree that even the most luxurious, successful wedding venues are “the best,” but we are presenting you with the statistically best chosen wedding venues in Lancaster, PA.

From a barn wedding to art studio venues, Lancaster offers everything in between to match the dream wedding you have always desired.

 

5. Riverdale Manor

Starting us off is ten-time Knot Best of Weddings Winner for Central Pa, Baltimore, and Philadelphia at 4.8 stars, Riverdale Manor. This gorgeous 19th century farmhouse is located in the heart of Lancaster County. Have your wedding outside in the pavilion overlooking the riverfront or from inside the beautiful ballroom. No matter the aesthetic you’re looking for, Riverdale Manor can accommodate, along with 200 guests. Between the affordable price and all the 5-star reviews, Riverdale Manor is the perfect venue for couples looking for a simple but elegant wedding.

 

4. Excelsior

Next at 4.9 stars is the vintage charm, Excelsior, located in downtown Lancaster. The national historic landmark is a property complex that was designed for hosting “one wedding per day” for no less than 100 guests with maximum seating up to 275 guests. With indoor and outdoor spaces, this venue is perfect for a modern wedding. The space offers seamless planning with a wonderful and knowledgeable staff ready to ease the wedding stress of any couple. The industrial yet vintage tone of Excelsior will leave your guests wanting to have their future ceremonies here as well! A great venue if you’re looking to stray away from the barn wedding trend.

 

3. Mulberry Art Studios

Another 4.9 star, vintage venue at Mulberry Art Studios. A beautiful place for your friends and family to explore, enjoy, and remember. Indoor only and can hold up to 250 guests, they are known for surpassing expectations and creating a unique canvas that is different for each wedding held there. If you like options, Mulberry Art Studios is the venue for you. They let you choose your own catering and even art out of their museum that you can use as decor for your celebration – truly allowing the couple to choose their own vision for their special day.

 

2. The Farm at Eagles Ridge

A stone farmhouse that dates back to 1820 has been lovingly-restored with modern amenities to bring us to our first 5-star venue in Lancaster County on the list. The venue includes 150 acres of spring-fed ponds, historic buildings, and lush greenery and flowers. A beautiful space to tie the knot with up to 200 of your friends and family. The venue offers all essential amenities and accommodations with flexibility to choose your own catering, entertainment, and flower arrangements. Not only will The Farm host your ceremony and reception, but also your dress rehearsal and engagement party for a unique and charming experience. For those of you who are searching for a rustic, elegant barn wedding, your search now ends!

 

1. The Barn at Silverstone

The number one wedding venue in Lancaster, PA is…*drum roll*…The Barn at Silverstone. While the historic venue has been carefully restored, the original architecture and masonry has been preserved to create unforgettable memories among couples and their guests. Natural stone and wood features, exposed ceiling beams, and a custom bar area add a rustic aesthetic to any couple’s big day. There are different areas of this venue that have their own unique character to match every couple’s vision. With seating of up to 200 people and full wedding packages, it’s hard to pass up a venue this great and accommodating.

 

We know it has been a tough year for couples as they navigate their way through the COVID-19 pandemic to plan, or re-plan, their wedding day and honeymoon vacations. We hope if your original plan has fallen through, maybe we have helped by giving you new ideas for venue options.

HD Entertainment is the area’s only all-female award-winning DJ company. We are currently booking for select 2021 dates and most 2022 dates. No event is too small, too large, or too far away. Contact us today for more information.

 

8 Trend Predictions For 2021 Weddings

8 Trend Predictions For 2021 Weddings

After a messy year in 2020 full of cancelled events and rescheduled wedding dates, we should know better than to plan in 2021. That doesn’t keep us from compiling the must-have and most exciting wedding trends predicted for the year!

If we have learned anything in the last year, it is that we must adapt to the changes and new normal brought on by COVID-19. While weddings are starting to look a little different, that doesn’t mean they have to be any less special. We have created a guide explaining the top trends for weddings this year because, let’s face it, the show must go on.

 

Elopement

It’s quite romantic to think about marrying your significant other on a tropical island or at a meaningful destination in peace and quiet. With many health-conscious family members struggling to check “Yes” on your RSVP, you can elope this year without the guilt that typically comes along with it. There has never been a more accepting time to ordain your best friend and adventure with your partner to your favorite place to tie the knot.

 

Outdoor Weddings

Outdoor weddings have always been the trend, but for obvious safety reasons we will be seeing an increase in outdoor events for there is more room to stay socially distant. With indoor gatherings accounting for most Coronavirus surges, we will happily opt outside to party with the birds and the bees!

 

Live Streaming Pre-Wedding Parties

2021 may change the way you involve your loved ones on your special day. Live streaming proposals, virtual bridal showers, and watching your favorite couple say “I do” is one way to ease the Zoom-fatigue for those who cannot attend your wedding parties in person.

 

Intimate Weddings

The wed-now-party-later approach. Formal or informal ceremonies with under 25 attendees, intimate or “micro” weddings, are becoming more popular. Couples who are doing this tend to have a larger wedding celebration mentally planned for post-pandemic. Intimate weddings take away the stress of having to socialize with the hundreds of people in attendance and allow you and your partner to focus on each other and spend quality time with each and every guest.

 

Eco-friendly Weddings

From buying the dress from designers who commit to eco-friendly practices, to hosting responsibly, there are numerous ways to keep your wedding day green. Many venues are now offering in-house catering that use locally sourced produce and meats. Couples are doing away with plastic straws and even encouraging guests to take home flowers and decor.

 

Road Trip Honeymoons

As travel bans make planning an overseas honeymoon close to impossible, there is plenty to see right here in the United States! I think we can all agree that social distancing plays a huge part in the safest ways to travel and adventure anymore. Avoiding crowded airports and tight airplanes is a great way to start safely honeymooning during a pandemic. So pack the car, it’s going to be a long ride!

 

Flexible Wedding Budgets

With couples not spending thousands of dollars on catering and reducing their guest list, there is an increase in flexible wedding spending. With the money you are spending (or saving), you and your partner can afford the extravagant fashion to take breathtaking photos of your special day or put the money towards a dream vacation post-pandemic.

 

Online Shopping

One of the most fun parts of wedding planning for brides is going to the bridal shop to try on dresses and accessories. We miss our bridal shops dearly. Until such is safe, online shopping is the best alternative. Just because you’re at home, cozy on the couch in your pajamas, doesn’t mean you can’t buy one of the most stunning wedding gowns on the market. From budget-friendly buys to lavish couture, many online bridal shops have understanding return policies for brides.

 

Whatever the trends, remember this is your day. Make it your own and everything you have ever dreamed of it to be, despite the state of the world. If you are planning or replanning your wedding and still on the hunt for entertainment, we can help. Contact us to provide your guests with the best post-pandemic party experience.

 

COVID-19 Wedding Planning Tips

Not Your Average Wedding Planning

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the world as we know it, cancelling and delaying big-life events for many people. While we have high hopes of returning to some sort of normalcy in 2021, larger events like concerts, festivals, and weddings may require a “new normal.” The wedding industry in particular has taken a beating between vendors closing their doors, vendors going out of business, and couples scrambling to figure out their new plan for holy matrimony.

So that brings us to the million dollar question: how do I plan my wedding during a pandemic?

It is important to remember, you are not alone right now. Countless couples have had to make the heartbreaking decision to postpone their ceremonies or make changes to their special day to abide by CDC guidelines. The good news is, love is certainly not cancelled in 2021; that includes the joyful journey of planning, or replanning, your wedding.

Postpone Instead of Cancel

Coronavirus doesn’t call the shots, you do! This is YOUR day.

Smaller Guest List

While you may not have all the faces you originally wanted to see on your wedding day, a smaller guest list creates a sense of intimacy. With less, you are able to focus your time and attention on your wedding guests to thank them for coming, make conversation, and maybe even snap a memorable photo. A smaller guest list allows your guests to also feel comfortable given the current state of affairs. You can still live stream your big day for the rest of the family to enjoy from home.

You can start this challenging process by inviting those who you cannot imagine your wedding day without, such as the first people you told about your engagement. Trimming your guest list can and will be difficult. The most cut-and-dry elimination tactic is to cut anyone you don’t talk to on a regular basis. You can incorporate these people through a virtual livestream of your wedding, and once the madness is over, throw a big party in a more fun and relaxed setting rather than dealing with the formalities of a wedding.

Supporting Small Business

By postponing your wedding instead of cancelling, you are still supporting the small business of many mom-and-pop vendors which will help keep them in business.

If you are planning a wedding, consider small business vendors. Many offer unique features you won’t be able to find through a larger all-in-one inclusive wedding package.

Virtually Plan (And Livestream!)

If there’s anything the pandemic has taught us (other than hand hygiene), it’s the power of technology. We are lucky to live in an era where we can get information any time we need it, watch and create live videos on our phone screens, and wedding planning is possible from the couch.

Virtual Venue Tours

Virtual tours have been around for a long time and quite frankly, are not going away anytime soon. However, many venues are now offering personalized virtual tours via Facetime! This way, you are able to virtually “walk” through the venue and ask detailed questions in live time, rather than struggle through an online chat. Live virtual tours give couples a chance to get to know the venue coordinator and discuss details. Virtual tours are expected to be treated like a normal tour, so don’t be shy; take as many screenshots and ask as many questions as you would like!

Virtual Vendor Consultations

Of course, you can’t virtually get your hair done or sample food and cake, but you can, however, get to know some of your other vendors! By setting up virtual appointments with photographers, videographers, floral designers, DJs, and coordinators, they can show you samples of their best work along with their packages and contracts from the comfort of your own home.

Livestream Your Wedding

Couples who are ready to get married now, despite what’s going on in the world, can still share their special day with their loved ones using a live stream on Facebook or any other streaming platform. Technology has truly connected us more than ever during this pandemic. You could even throw a virtual after-party through Google Hangouts or Zoom! Remember, even if you have a digital ceremony now, you can still have your dream wedding later!

Plus, how many couples get two excuses every year to pop champagne and have a fancy “anniversary” dinner?

So, as you’re planning your wedding in 2021, know that we’re here for you. While planning may be different now than it was for couples before you, we won’t let a global pandemic or social distancing get in the way of celebrating marriage, because love always wins.

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